This session is not about training. It is about listening.
WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!
This virtual roundtable is an opportunity for natural areas professionals to consider diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in their work. NAA seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities that natural areas professionals are encountering and understand the needs of practitioners. Information gathered during the roundtable will inform NAA’s programming and provide support as you embrace and integrate the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into program strategies, management plans, and day-to-day activities.
|12:00 pm - 12:10 pm||Welcome & Introductions|
|12:10 pm - 12:20 pm||Review the Norms for Courageous Conversations|
|12:20 pm - 12:40 pm||Small Groups Sharing - Opportunities & Challenges around DEIA in Our Work|
|12:40 pm - 1:00 pm||Group Discussion - How can NAA Support Natural Areas Practitioners Working on DEIA?|
|1:00 pm - 1:30 pm||Brainstorming NAA Programming to Support Natural Areas Practioners in Reaching DEIA Goals|
Chris is a botanist with the Wild Plant Management Program in the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry. Since 1995 she works to increase the sustainability of harvesting medicinal plants, specifically American Ginseng; invasive species management, native plant education all for the conservation of native plants.
Chris graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.S. and M.S. in Biology and before joining the Bureau worked as an environmental consultant, taught college biology, worked as a data handler for The Nature Conservancy and taught at her family’s environmental center in Perry County.
Chris currently lives in Potter County, Pennsylvania surrounded by woods, meadows and wetlands. Her gardens combine vegetables, native plants and weeds to provide habitat, food and medicine for wildlife, pollinators and humans. Chris’s latest project is learning more about the wild plant species around her and telling others their stories. When she gets a chance, Chris enjoys hiking and camping in the beauty offered by the PA Wilds around her.
Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.